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This is the last Chrysler 200

by Bill Cawthon on

The car that made “Imported From Detroit” famous will no longer be made in (okay, near) the Motor City.  The final Chrysler 200 was made at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant today, a silver Limited.

final Chrysler 200

With low (if any) profit margins and dismal sales in a shrinking segment, the 200 had some critical acclaim but ended up invisible as buyers went for Toyotas, Hondas, Chevys, and Fords.  To save development and tooling funds, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne ended the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 entirely; there was reportedly a plan to have them made under contract, but it seems to have fallen through.

FCA spokesperson Jody Tinsley confirmed the end of production for  the Detroit News, which reported that most of the plant’s 1,700 hourly workers will be temporarily laid off as the plant is converted to make the next-generation Ram pickup. After that, Sterling Heights is expected to have more workers, and Warren will have fewer — assuming Warren itself will indeed find a new life building Jeeps and overflow Rams.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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